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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This is the third edition of the definitive reference guide for respiratory care. The previous edition was published in 1990.
Purpose: With its numerous treatment algorithms, the handbook is intended for practicing clinicians, researchers, and students who need a quick reference.
Audience: The audience includes respiratory care clinicians, researchers, and students who have become accustomed to obtaining online information on the fly. Internet access is not always available in patient care areas, and the handbook bridges this gap.
Features: The first of the book's six chapters features about 30 commonly used scores and definitions such as the Glasgow Coma Scale, APACHE II, Apgar, Multiple Organ Dysfunction (MOD), Pediatric Risk of Mortality (PRISM), and other scoring systems. Chapter 2 comprehensively covers spirometry and numerous prediction equations. Chapter 3 explains all aspects of gas exchange, blood gas analysis, and hemodynamics, with numerous equations and tables. Gas therapy, laws, oxygen administration, oxygen cylinders, and their associated equations and tables are covered in chapter 4. Chapter 5 details the theory of mechanical ventilation, terms, equations, and number tables, and chapter 6 presents mathematical aspects, including quadratic equations, statistical procedures, and other functions commonly used at the bedside and in research arenas. The extensive yet concise appendix includes clinical abbreviations, physiological abbreviations, pharmacological formulas and definitions, numerous reference data including conversions, and even translations of common medical terms in French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, and German. In future revisions, the authors may want to consider a section noting CDC guidelines regarding respiratory care equipment, as well as nationally accepted practice guidelines for disease-specific care (e.g., EPR-3/asthma, GOLD/COPD, ATS/cystic fibrosis, etc).
Assessment: This is an outstanding resource and highly recommended for all respiratory therapists, researchers, and students.